bumper-to-bumper love



from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Traveling close together with bumpers almost touching: The cars were bumper-to-bumper in the tunnel.
  • adj. Moving slowly or stalled as a result of tight spacing between vehicles: bumper-to-bumper traffic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Very crowded and slow-moving, particularly with regard to motor vehicle traffic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. moving slowly with little space between; -- used of road traffic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. used of traffic


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • It was a nice break to get out of the hectic Dhaka bumper-to-bumper mentality and catch a glimpse of Bangladesh from the inside out, passing fishermen, waving back to children playing on the river banks and even getting the amazing thumbs up from a fully burka'd woman passing over a bridge.

    Christy Turlington: Back to Bangladesh -- Day 4

  • My speeding abruptly turns into bumper-to-bumper crawling.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery

  • Anyone who has ever stewed in a stream of bumper-to-bumper cars or languished on a Metro platform after just missing a train has thought, "I could walk faster than this."

    Workout while commuting to and from work

  • While the toll road covers only a section of that commute, it will allow drivers to bypass the slowest part - winding, two-lane roads such as Muncaster Mill Road that become bumper-to-bumper during the morning and evening rush hours.

    Debate over the merits of Maryland's new toll road continues as the ICC opens to traffic

  • Therese + Joel Beatrix Ost and Ludwig Kuttner I like to attend society balls once in a while for the same reason I try to drive out to the Hamptons every couple of years on sweltering summer weekends in bumper-to-bumper traffic: just so I know what I'm not missing.

    All Dressed Up to Save Venice

  • The number of drivers curious about the six-lane highway - or eager to escape bumper-to-bumper local roads - remained low enough to give it an empty, forgotten feel for much of the day.

    ICC opens to traffic

  • Streets weren't crowded with the usual bumper-to-bumper traffic, and checkpoints forced many residents to walk to work to avoid delays.

    Iraqis Mourn, Plan Political Session

  • The body has a fairly efficient mechanism for getting rid of excess water, so under normal circumstances it's hard to get yourself into trouble by drinking water -- except the kind of trouble that happens when you find yourself in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the interstate and the next rest stop is 50 long miles away.

    The Dehydration Myth

  • You think you've suffered through some nightmarish bumper-to-bumper gridlock?

    MTV News Doles Out Our Christmas Movie Awards » MTV Movies Blog

  • Ten years from now, when they're stymied at the airport, or bumper-to-bumper on the freeway, it's conceivable they'll wonder what went awry.

    Seth Shostak: America's "Can't Do" Attitude


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.